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Georgetown College Announces East Campus Conference Center and Cralle Student Center Renovation Plans

Two major construction projects are planned for the Georgetown College campus.

Construction is set to begin on a $525,000 renovation of the East Campus Conference Center, which is part of Georgetown College’s athletic facilities. The project is funded by the James A. & Martha R. Brown Charitable Foundation, Sodexo and donors. Construction is expected to be completed in late May or early June.

Upon completion, the conference center will be officially named the James A. & Martha R. Brown Conference Center in honor of the foundation’s gift.

A big part of the campus conference center project is to create additional offices for coaches and staff. Currently, the adjacent student accommodation is used for office space. As enrollment at the College continues to break records, this renovation allows for more student accommodation, especially for athletes.

Other improvements include a lobby renovation, expanded athlete lounges for meetings, tutoring and studying, and a new catering kitchen that will enhance the conference center offerings for community members to rent the facility for meetings, wedding receptions, conferences, etc.

“We look forward to the return of athletics and other events on a normal schedule and when fans and alumni can view and enjoy the renovated space,” said Sally Wiatrowski, vice president of business operations at Georgetown College.

Then, immediately after graduation in late May, the College will begin the $2.4 million renovation of the Cralle Student Center. The project, fully funded by Sodexo, will be completed when students return to campus in August for the fall 2021 semester.

The renovation, which has been in the planning stages for three years, will consist of a complete overhaul of the Montgomery Dining Hall located in the Cralle Student Center. In addition to a cosmetic overhaul with new seating options and mixed decor, Sodexo will also enhance its dining selections with new stations where food is prepared in front of students while they wait.

The other major renovation that will take place during this phase of the Cralle Student Center project is the addition of an elevator to the exterior of the building, which will greatly improve accessibility to the entire building.

This set of renovations is part of a multi-year project for the student center. The College will work alongside Sodexo, with which it has been a partner for 20 years, for all phases of the project. Future phases include the installation of a national brand restaurant on the ground floor of the Cralle Student Center and the refurbishment of the Mulberry Café located in the Ensor Learning Resource Centre.